Harriers field the first 3 places in Saturday’s park run on Orsett Heath. Antony Tobin led the way with a time of 19.26 indicating that he is returning to decent form. Behind him debutant Jason Syrett clocked a time of 19.32. Previous winner Jamie Mack (12) was 3rd, back under 20 minutes, with a time of 19.48. Year 7 pupil Finlay Pipe recorded a pb of 31.33.

This week sees the staging of the Essex Schools Championships in Colchester. Thurrock Schools should have strong teams in most of the age groups. The schools grouping is different from the clubs and this throws up surprises. Runners who are top of their age groups for their clubs become the lower band in the schools sections and vice versa. An incentive too is that the County usually selects the first 12 to represent Essex in an inter County race next month. Amber Pullinger and Harry Parker are leading the charge for individual medals and half a dozen other athletes will strive to earn a coveted County vest.

Claire Whitbread